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The prime minister has appointed Bill Blair to the new portfolio of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction in a cabinet shuffle. Justin Trudeau says strong voices are needed to face what he sees as Conservative fearmongering. (The Canadian Press)

The government is expressing relief after the release of Canadian Joshua Boyle and his family, who were held hostage in Afghanistan for years. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says the family’s ordeal has been “unspeakable.”

The prime minister says he’s still optimistic on NAFTA, but is acknowledging the challenges the deal’s renegotiation faces. After meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump Wednesday, Justin Trudeau said Canada is “ready for anything.”

In video shown at the trial of Basil Borutski, the man accused of first-degree murder in the 2015 deaths of three women in the Ottawa Valley tells a police interviewer he would take back their killings if he could.

Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett has announced a deal to provide up to $750 million in compensation to survivors of the ‘60s Scoop. The agreement also includes $50 million to establish a foundation for healing.

 

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says as of Oct. 11, permanent residents can apply for citizenship after three years in Canada instead of the existing four-year requirement.

Ontario is establishing an opioid emergency task force to provide advice on how to combat the growing overdose crisis. The province’s health minister says his government has the opportunity to save lives every day.

Police have laid charges including attempted murder against 30-year-old Abdulahi Hasan Sharif after Saturday’s attacks on a police officer and pedestrians in Edmonton. The RCMP said on Monday no terrorism charges have been laid.

Edmonton police say an attack on an officer outside a football game and a high-speed chase of a cube van that left four people injured are being investigated as acts of terrorism. Edmonton's police chief says one person is in custody.

Therapy dogs are being used to help ease tensions and lift spirits at a St. John’s, N.L., jail. Inmate Brandon Phillips is facing trial on a charge of first-degree murder and says the dogs could help with his rehabilitation.

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